I never want to be a mom, and believe or not, I am trying.
Luke and Jackie are divorcing after years of marriage and have two children, Anna and Ben.
Three years later, Luke falls in love with Isabel, who is a career-minded fashion photographer. Isabel is forced into a role as unwelcome stepmother to Luke's two children. She wants to be involved in the children's life, but the children don't like her.
Anna: You forgot to wash my shirt. I told you a hundred times today are purple shirt day at school.
Jackie considers Isabel to be selfish and rude because Isabel is unwilling to sacrifice anything for her work, sparking a conflict between the two women.
Jackie: It is Seven twenty-three. You were supposed to be here at six thirty. She has missed her morning riding lesson.
Isabel: You know, It's Monday. Her riding lesson is on Tuesday.
Jackie: Except for the third Tuesday of the month, which switches to Monday. And in November, when she rides on Thursdays. I mean it is not that difficult. Don't you have some kind of little black agenda book that you can write all this down on in?
Isabel: May I have a cup of coffee, please?
Jackie: We don't have coffee.
Unfortunately, Ben gets lost when he goes out with Isabel and Anna. Jackie flies into a rage at the police station. She forbids Isabel to be alone with the children again.
However, when Jackie is diagnosed with cancer, everyone is forced to grow in order to settle his or her differences. For the well being of her children, Jackie has a conversation with Isabel.
Isabel: Their whole life's happiness is wrapped up in you. You know every story, every wound, and every memory.
Jackie: You'll learn.
After the heart-to-heart talk, they understand each other better. On Christmas Eve, Jackie entrusts the children to Isabel and invites her to have her photo taken with the whole family.
The two leading actors of this film are Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts. Susan won the best actress Oscar for her brilliant performance in the film "Dead Man walking". The audience may be more familiar with Julia Roberts from the film "Notting Hill". The role she played in the film "Erin Brockovich" made her won her the best actress Oscar this year. And in this film, Julia played the unwanted future stepmom.
Julia Roberts: Pretending to be a parent is a cakewalk compared to being a parent. You know, going to work and pretending to be someone's not even parent but their stepparent. Life is really hard, and relationships are incredibly hard. But if you're willing to make that effort, it's really, really worth it.
Susan is an excellent actress.
Susan Sarandon: We have good time fighting, you know, they are very funny, fights and very intense. It's so much easier to hate somebody than it is try to look at his or her positive points.
Jackie: You haven't been here from the beginning, worrying every minute of every day that the decisions you're making are going to shape the people they are going to be? And you are not what I want my children to be.
Susan and Julia are good friends in real life. They are happy to be working together on this film.
Julia: Susan I have been looking for what's in mind forever for something that had two strong female components.
Susan: And we produced it, so we had to work on the script, try to get a good script and try to get a director that we believed in and Chris ended up being the perfect guy.
Ed Harris plays Luke, the father in this film. His performance is just right though he doesn't appear in many parts.
Ed: He presents a man who's trying to deal with the situation with two women and he still has relationship with his ex-wife. And he's trying to work it out, I mean he's really trying to do the best he can in a tough situation.
And the two child stars, Jena Malone as Anna and Liam Aiken as Ben turned in very realistic performances.
Ben: If you want me to hate her, I will.
Jackie: Sweetheart, don't get upset.
Anna: I'm not upset. Why would I be upset? No one asked me if I wanted a new mother. No one even asked me if I liked her.
The kids show the innocence, naughtiness and loyalty of children.
"Stepmom" was distributed by Columbia Tristar Company. The true-life story depicted in this film will greatly impress the audience.